Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Tennessee Valley
I don't think the advertising rule applies here
My father-in-law was a postmaster (passed on now) - we use to send a lot of stuff like this, but I thought the advertising that was referenced was new advertising or solicitation. I still sell and buy a lot of books using media mail.
The media mail (used to be called 4th class mail is intended for books, film, video/audio tapes, computer media (CD-ROM, DVD, etc.).
I think the intention was for businesses not to use 4th class mail for advertising. But most of the clerks don't really know - I used to leave the envelopes open for inspection (media mail is subject to inspection) but most of the clerks would look at me like I from Mars, so now I just seal them up and go with it. Some would acknowledge that it should be inspected, but most don't. At one time they were checked and stamped inspected at some places, and you didn't have to worry.
The only problemis if you get a clerk that doesn't know and inspected, they probably wouldn't have the initiative to research the regs and would probably reject your package.